As expected, the Yellowtards are having a cow over news that Inday Sara Duterte has withdrawn her candidacy for Mayor of Davao City raising fears that she is taking steps to join the national race. Evidently they had latched on to some sort of notion of a “promise” made by Ms Duterte that she will not be running for president — bizarre considering that they have long convinced themselves that the Dutertes are a bunch of “evil” liars. Why, after all, would you hold on to a perceived “promise” coming from a person you had summarily written off as a liar?
The Yellowtard clearly are desperate. Why are they so obsessed with their rival camp’s wheeling and dealing and clever maneuvers? One would think that the self-appointed “good guys” in this contest would be more focused on minding their own business and just getting on with it. Isn’t there enough work to do building political capital and running your campaign? Oh wait… the Yellowtards do not have a campaign. Indeed, if they did have one, they’d be too busy using it to convert people to their “cause” instead of nitpicking on every move of their rivals.
What will happen will happen either way. This is the last week before the substitution deadline on the 15th of November. Anything Ms Duterte does will likely be perfectly legal under current election rules. The Yellowtards really need to channel their energies towards one imperative: getting better at campaigning. Of course there is also that small matter of Opposition votes spread hopelessly thin across four major presidential hopefuls. What got the Opposition to this point at such a desperate hour despite months — even years — of celebrating one another’s shared hatred for the Dutertes and pathological fears of a return of the Marcoses to national power?
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Unfortunately for the Opposition, there are no suckers like the Doy Laurels or Mar Roxases of yore these days who would be willing to tuck their nuts in and gracefully bow down before the eminence of a leader deemed winnable by all-knowing Yellowtard elders. The closest to an Anointed One would have been Leni Robredo. Unfortunately, Antonio Carpio who attempted to anoint her is not seen to be a Yellowtard elder. For that matter, Robredo had never been winnable to begin with, specially in considering that even her “win” in 2016 itself remains debatable to this day.
The Yellowtards are now faced with a difficult question. What’s next? That’s a hard questions to answer for a bunch of people proven incapable of thinking farther ahead than the next week. If they had actually been able to think far ahead enough, they wouldn’t be hung up about rivals playing substitution games. They’d, instead, be busy winning an election. Evidently, that too is just too hard for the typical Yellowtard “thought leader” to wrap her pointed head around.
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